The Market Access Program (MAP) focuses on helping Good Food entrepreneurs get retail-ready and creates a potential opportunity to get connected with Chicagoland retail buyers during our 4-week workshop series. Participants will develop retail-focused selling materials, learn what retailers want, and create and present their buyer pitch decks during a live session with retailers.

Good Food Accelerator’s 2024 Market Access Program (MAP) is now open for registration here:

Time and Date: June 4-25th, Tuesdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm (4 sessions)

Topics: Legal and administrative requirements, pitch deck, and pitch practice

Location: Zoom

Cost: No cost

Sign-ups are due May 28th.


Jamhal Johnson, Owner of Moor's Beer

Jamhal is a graduate of the G2M (Go to Market) program. He is the owner of Moor’s Beer and his product is in over 275 locations throughout Chicago. Moor’s Beer pays homage to the rich untold history of African ancestry and the “Original Craftsmen” that made it happen. Here’s what he had to say about his experience in the program:

“The GFA experience was very gratifying. What I learned during our work sessions and assignments I applied immediately to my business. Most of all, I enjoyed connecting with the other entrepreneurs and mentors in the program."

Genesis Bencivenga, Co-Founder/CEO of Lorenzo’s Frozen Pudding

Genesis is a graduate of Good Food Accelerator’s G2M (Go to Market) program. Lorenzo’s Frozen Pudding creates a gourmet, locally-sourced frozen pudding with various flavors, including but not limited to the Original Southern-Style Banana Pudding, Hawaiian Pineapple Pudding, and a Strawberry Pudding named Schnooka’s Strawberry Pudding. There are currently 13 flavors available. Here’s what she had to say about her experience in the program:

“GFC provided me with a mentor that has become an integral part of my life as a friend and within my business!”

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